George Phalen

Before:
I was raised in Cleveland, Ohio in a Christian family and have one younger brother. My dad was an orthopedic surgeon who worked at the Cleveland Clinic. My mom died when I was 12 years old, and we had some difficult times growing up. Sunday was the Lord ’s Day all day long. We always went to Sunday School and church on Sundays, then ate fried chicken for lunch, and then the three of us went on a family “adventure” (a state park, hiking, sledding, skating, or whatever came to mind). My dad frequently told us how God gave us all direction in our lives and how important it was to pray and give thanks. I was active in the Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. In the summer the scout troop would take a high adventure canoe trip to the wilds of Canada which gave me a great respect and appreciation for the world we live in. My dad remarried when I was 15. My step mom moved from Dallas to Cleveland, and she was a blessing to the family. She was instrumental in my attending Baylor University because she grew up in Waco and was a Baylor graduate.

How:
When I was a sophomore at Baylor in 1966, I attended a Billy Graham film at Baylor University, and it was there I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. I was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church soon thereafter, and attended every Sunday. It was at Baylor that I met Lynn and we were married soon after I graduated in August 1967 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.

After:
Once I accepted Christ as my personal savior, I wanted to have God use me to make each day count for something. I worked in the public accounting firm for 2 years. I worked in Banking in both Fort Worth and Dallas for 18 years, and then for Electronic Data Systems for 19 years. My area of expertise was financial systems and I designed accounting systems and electronic interfaces to accounting systems. I also had the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves for 5 years. I have always tried to do everything I do as unto God. It could be said I am an “over-achiever”, but I have been a lifelong learner and have shown Christ to many. Any mistakes I have made were made “full speed ahead” and God has shown me that great things are possible when we have faith and patience. I have been an active member at Wedgwood Baptist Church since 1975 and have had the privilege to serve in many capacities. The most fun church responsibility has been as Snack Director for VBS.

Lynn and I have two children, Benjamin and Carrie. Carrie graduated from Baylor University with a Theater degree and is now married. Benjamin is disabled from a motorcycle accident and lives in Fort Worth. I am now retired from accounting work and have a handyman business where I help others fix things that break. I look forward to each day and continue to trust God and to let Jesus live through me. My motto verse is Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.